Ambiance is really nice, like the open brewery setup. The service was good, but a little bit slow. Great selection of their beers, about 15 taps, plus a beer engine. About 4 beers specialties that I have not seen elsewhere. Food was excellent, but a bit overpriced; though there is special for the ski bums out there like me. Overall, pretty impressed considering my limited experience with their beer. Really worth stopping in, even if you have not had the best experience before.
This old wooden building in tiny Idaho Springs is home to Tommyknocker. I stopped in after hiking Mt. Bierstadt. Man, did I need a beer and food. I like the rustic feel, even though itís more like a restaurant than a bar. TVís hang above the small bar and there is a ton of tables out on the floor. The bartender was efficient and friendly. I got the chicken waffle sandwich. It was okay, a nice departure from the norm. The slaw was not quite up to snuff, but really, who makes good slaw this far outside of the Mason Dixon Line? My only complaint with the brewpub is my long standing beef with Tommyknocker: the beer. Itís not exactly cream of the crop. These days with so many great breweries open for business in Colorado, Tommyknocker is falling behind in that department. Iíd also like to note the irony of arguably their best beer (green chile lager) is rated among the lowest on this site. That was about the only one that I would consider ordering again. The pepper flavor was bold and natural, covering up any flaws that may or may not hide in the base beer. Tommyknocker ends up being a mandatory stop out here because there isnít much else in the area, the beers are definitely not awful for the most part, and the ambiance and service are quite inviting.
Cool brewery in Idaho Springs. Sweet old building with a nice pub and bar inside. Stainless fermenters are open to the room and has the aroma of a working brewery, which I LOVE. Beautiful copper clad brew house in the window. The beer is great and the menu is awesome. A lot of green chili in the menu.
Nice place to stop by on your way back from skiing. Idaho Springs is a cool little mountain town and Tommyknocker has a cool atmosphere as well. They usually have around 8-12 beers on tap. Most of their beers are hit or miss for me. Some good ones and some not so good ones.
I visited with my wife on the way back from the mountains. There wasnít really a brewery tour available, which was unfortunate. I had a black rye IPA which was quite tasty, and my father in law had a brown ale, which was okay. The ambiance was a little forced with all the miner regalia, but who really cares about that. It was a cool place, much larger than I would have expected and almost had a sports bar feel to it (of course the Broncos were playing that day, so maybe thatís not usual).
Brewpub in the old goldmine town Idaho springs. Very big place, old mining tools and stuff used for decoration. 12 taps, samplers offered, beers is ok, nothing outstanding. Stopped for lunch and got a burger whichwas pretty good.Fast and friendly service, fairly priced. Well worth stopping by
A bit of a dark set location with the brewery open and close to some of the places where you can eat. I like exposure to the brewery, but sometimes the smells that emanate from a brew donít always go well when youíre eating. Their food was good, friendly staff. I would describe their beers as fair.